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This leaking on the passenger side sounds like possibly the water pump. I THINK that this is a cross-mounted engine, with the drive belt on the passenger side. If so, it is almost certainly the water pump leaking. Get a flashlight and a small inspection mirror and search around under the water pump drive pulley for signs of water dripping. If no water is found there, it probably is not the pump. Have you checked the cooling fans for proper operation? Tested the temperature sender that controls the cooling fan?
The fuel filter is located on the passenger side just in front of the passenger rear tire. That would be the first thing I checked. It is not uncommon for the filters to rust through. It is also not uncommon for the lines to leak at the fittings or for the lines to crank. A good inspection of this area should make the source of the leak fairly easy to figure out.
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Hi there. The reason it only leaks when you turn the car on is because the gas tank is pressurized, but only after the car has had a chance to pressurize the tank (when the car is turned on). To fix this, you need a new gas tank! Alex
that is where your heater core is. Its leaking, or the feed hose to the heater core is leaking. You really need to pull the plastic cover off, just below the dash on the passenger side to look. the heater core looks like a small radiator. If coolant is leaking out of it, replace it. the coolant will cause problems in the long run, if you don't fix it now. After fixing it, steam clean the passenger side of the suv, to stop having a smell, and stop the corrosion. hope this helps
This is your heater core leaking. One thing you can try is some of the stop leaks that the auto part stores sell. I would try "Liquid glass" as the heads on these are kind of delicate once overheated. This may also stop any other damage occuring(like leaking headgaskets). The only other fix is replacing the heater core.
What exactly is the "round plug type thing" near the firewall [passenger side]? Is it a sensor of some type? I, too, have a coolant leak here on my 2001 Durango; its tucked in rather tightly near the hood/firewall corner. My electric fan is not kicking on; vehicle overheated tonight. (4.7 liter)